Winter Sprinkler Switch-off

A switch-off applies to all scheme and bore water users in Perth, Mandurah and some parts of the South West, from 1 June to 31 August each year.


Check if you're included

To find out if your home or business is affected visit our Winter Sprinkler Switch-off page.

Why does the switch-off exist?

Evaporation rates are generally lower in winter, so you can leave your sprinklers off and let the rain take care of your lawn and garden instead. The Winter Sprinkler Switch-off aims to prevent wastage and save water for the drier months. 

The switch-off was put in place in 2010, and has been a permanent water saving initiative ever since. Last winter we saved around 5 billion litres of water by switching off our sprinklers and letting the rain take care of our gardens.

Reporting a breach

You can report breaches at anytime by completing our sprinkler breach form.

Please note that a malfunctioning irrigation controller is not an excuse for not complying with the switch-off, so please check your irrigation system – especially after a power black-out.

Metropolitan and regional areas included in the ban

The following metropolitan local governments are included in the winter sprinkler ban:

  • Armadale
  • Bassendean
  • Bayswater
  • Belmont
  • Cambridge
  • Canning
  • Claremont
  • Cockburn
  • Cottesloe
  • East Fremantle
  • Fremantle
  • Gosnells
  • Joondalup
  • Kalamunda
  • Kwinana
  • Mandurah
  • Melville
  • Mosman Park
  • Mundaring
  • Murray
  • Nedlands
  • Peppermint Grove
  • Perth
  • Rockingham
  • Serpentine-Jarrahdale
  • South Perth
  • Stirling
  • Subiaco
  • Swan
  • Victoria Park
  • Vincent
  • Wanneroo

The following regional local governments are included in the winter sprinkler ban:

  • Albany
  • Augusta‑Margaret River
  • Boyup Brook
  • Bridgetown‑Greenbushes
  • Bunbury
  • Busselton
  • Capel
  • Collie
  • Cranbrook
  • Dardanup
  • Denmark
  • Donnybrook‑Balingup
  • Harvey
  • Manjimup
  • Nannup
  • Plantagenet
  • Waroona

Frequently asked questions